Staff Openings

Job Opening: Senior Director, International Child Policy


First Focus on Children is seeking a full-time Senior Director for International Child Policy to direct all policy initiatives by First Focus on Children and the advocacy of First Focus Campaign for Children on the issues of international policy, immigration, child rights, and related policy issues of importance to children globally, including an emphasis budget and appropriations accounts related to international affairs investments that improve the lives of children globally.

This position will work closely with the First Focus staff and organizational partners to advance a range of topics related to development, humanitarian assistance, global health, education, and child rights. The mission is to promote the advancement and improvement of child well-being internationally and among the children of immigrants and refugees to our country and across the world.

First Focus on Children is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. First Focus leads a comprehensive advocacy strategy, with its hands-on experience with federal policymaking and a commitment to seeking bipartisan solutions. Some advocates believe that painting a compelling picture of the problems facing children is enough. First Focus believes awareness is the starting point, not the finish line. First Focus approaches its advocacy work, which is performed in partnership with its 501 (c)(4) affiliate – First Focus Campaign for Children – through the following four steps: Raising Awareness, Developing Policy Solutions, Building Will, and Taking Action.


  1. Develop, promote, and monitor a policy agenda, including new or revised policies and strategies designed to improve the protection, well-being, and outcomes of children globally and with the children of immigrants and refugees.
  2. Analyze international, human rights, and immigration-related legislative and regulatory policy proposals for their impact on child well-being.
  3. Work with the budget and tax policy team in the production of First Focus’s annual Children’s Budget book, which documents the five-year spending trends for the 180+ federal programs that impact children with an emphasis on budget and appropriations accounts related to international affairs investments that improve the lives of children globally.
  4. Work with organizations in the Children’s Budget Coalition and as a member of international coalitions to make children a greater priority in the federal budget and appropriations process.
  5. Represent First Focus outside of the organization at meetings and speaking engagements.
  6. Write reports, briefings, fact sheets, and other written material for dissemination to various audiences.
  7. Help keep First Focus of Children and the First Focus Campaign for Children websites updated with the latest policy resources and materials.
  8. Work collaboratively with other policy leads at First Focus on Children to ensure that we are addressing the array of needs of children both domestically and internationally, including their health, education, nutrition, housing, immigration status, and other issues related to their well-being and success.
  9. Work with communications staff and the newly emerging grassroots development staff to promote the issues of importance to children with the public, the media, and policymakers.
  10. Actively participate in achieving shared goals with senior management team in strategic planning, budgeting, and fiscal management, policy development, compliance, external relations, and other leadership activities.


We’re seeking candidates who excel in data analytics, are detail and results-oriented, and have a passion for improving the lives of children. Bachelor’s degree in related field and at least 3-5 years of experience required.

  1. Demonstrated interest and commitment to children and youth globally and knowledge of core issues of importance to children and youth
  2. Proficiency in the areas of international policy and federal budget analysis.
  3. Understanding of immigration policy and child rights or an interest in working on and learning those issues.
  4. Ideal person will understand federal policy-making process, be adept with key tools in advocacy and policy change, understand the political landscape and be able to work on issues that require bipartisan support to lead to policy change.
  5. Demonstrated skill/experience in developing strategies to affect public policy debates and decisions; and an ability to consider complex policy issues and explain those issues (both in writing and orally) for a broader audience.
  6. Demonstrate the maturity and confidence to work internally and externally to promote the analysis and how it impacts public policy impacting children and families.
  7. Proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook; and be able to prepare graphic presentations and conduct internet research.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision; self-starter.

Compensation depends on experience and is competitive.


Submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your resume to with “International Child Policy Job” in the subject line.